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One of the major problem for stroke victims, including those caring for the patients, is the possibility of a second stroke – which is really a risky situation. According to studies, 25% of stroke survivors became victims of second stroke attack. Anyone should be alert for the signs and symptoms which may appear before a second stroke attack. It should be explained why this situation is happening again and the ways to prevent this second stroke must be given to the victim.
How to prevent a stroke
Just remember that there are steps that should be follow and you will be fine.
Stroke Warning Signs
There are sure physical and mental manifestations of an incoming stroke. These warning signs should be medically attended to help us go to the right directions. If we are sure for the signs and these were attended soon, we may then prevent a second stroke attack. If ever this second stroke happened, severe effects are lessened.
Weakness, numbness and paralysis of the face, hands or thighs which comes to one or both sides of the body
- Sudden decrease or loss of vision on either eye or both
- Difficulty on talking or understanding simple words
- Difficulty on swallowing foods
- Sudden and severe headache
- Sudden memory loss, judgment and orientation
- Dizziness, loss of balance and unconsciousness
What Happens To A person Suffering From Stroke?
Stroke is sudden, often giving severe damage on your body due to disruption of blood flowing to your brain. If the blood does not reach the brain, oxygen supply and nutrients for the cells will be cut off. Affected brain cells will be damaged or die.The disruption of blood flow is a cause of clogging or narrowing of a cerebral or carotid artery, and even bursting a part of the cerebral artery which causes bleeding.
Minimizing Stroke Risk Factors – five important steps
Even looking for stroke warning signals, it is important to minimize the possibility of a second stroke attack if we can help the stroke survivor to reduce the stroke risk factors.
Several of these stroke risk factors cannot be changed. These include age, gender, race, family member who suffered stroke and diabetes. But many risk factors can be changed, and this includes curable medical disorder and lifestyle.
- Maintain a right diet and regular exercise to obtain a compatible body weight. Being overweight puts strain on your heart and blood vessels. This is also relative to your high blood pressure.
- Have your high blood pressure controlled by following a low-fat, low-sodium diet, reducing liquor intake and taking your prescribed oral medications. These drugs for hypertension are effective only if taken regularly, even the patient feels fine. High blood pressure contributes to over 90% of stroke cases.
- Stop smoking. Smoking destroys blood vessel walls, speeds thickening of arteries, and raises blood pressure. Stroke attack is reduced for those who quits smoking, even though they are smoking for many years.
- Persons with irregular heartbeat or with this heart condition known as ‘atrial fibrillation’ have a higher chance of suffering from stroke or a second stroke. Medical studies say a drug called ‘warfarin’ reduces stroke rate for these persons. Consult your trusted doctors regarding to this.
- Oral contraceptives increases the risks of blood clots and emboli – potential cause of stroke – particularly for women aged past thirty. It’s more risky for smoking women.6. Studies show that stress contributes to high blood pressure.
Just remember that there are steps that should be followed not only by patients but also by family members and persons taking care of the stroke victim. With the help given to the stroke survivor to prevent a second stroke, suffering from stroke is also lessened for the caregivers.